Automatic security assessment of critical cyber-infrastructures

Zahid Anwar, Ravinder Shankesi, Roy H. Campbell

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This research investigates the automation of security assessment of the static and dynamic properties of cyberinfrastructures, with emphasis on the electrical power grid. We describe a network model representing the static elements of a cyberinfrastructure including devices, services, network connectivity, vulnerabilities, and access controls. The dynamic elements include workflow models of the operating procedures, processes and the state of a working power grid. We introduce a toolkit that with a little manual assistance can automatically generate these models from specifications, continuously update attributes from online event aggregators, and perform security assessment. The assessment reveals whether observed anomalies about the system could indicate possible security problems and permit dynamic ranking of alternative recovery procedures to minimize the total risk. We motivate the use of the tool-chain by showing an example scenario where the recovery procedure recommended to minimize security risk depends on the current state of system as well as the network topology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, DSN-2008 - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2008Jun 27 2008


Other2008 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks, DSN-2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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